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Thursday, November 12, 2015

O's 1st Birthday Party

Excuse the small blogging absence. My youngest turned 2 last week! Didn't he just turn 1? It's hard to believe that my tiny guy is growing up, and I secretly want him to remain small for a little longer. E is just growing up incredibly fast, and I need to hold onto any bit of baby that is left in O. 

Since I never posted about his party last year, I present to you a recap of O's 1st birthday party. Last year we had just gotten back from Disney World and was able to celebrate his actual birthday at home. A few days later we would celebrate with family and friends, and boy was it a mad dash to get the house ready. Despite the time crunch, we were able to pull it off. O was probably a little overwhelmed by the attention, but he pulled through like a champ. His favorite part was probably playing in the bouncer, eating cake, and playing with his new Jeep. Enjoy the photos!

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Video Mondays: Climbing Up

E hasn't always been the adventurous type. He is cautious and prefers to watch over participating in activities. He usually does not initiate trying new things and needs a little nudge and encouragement. A lot has changed in the past year, and I'm seeing my little guy grow into a more courageous kid. A few weeks ago he suggested going to the park after school. He saw the challenge of the playground equipment and asked me to help him climb up. Once he got to the top, he felt so proud of himself. He got the hang of it quickly and kept going. Of course O wanted to try too, but his legs are a tad too short. :p

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween 2013

Original post written 2 years ago... haha, that's a heck of a long time. I love Halloween so you get to enjoy this oldie.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love it! The costumes! The candy! The pumpkin carving! It's a holiday for the kids, and I'm a kid at heart. The holiday is even more fun and exciting with a toddler who is just started to appreciate and enjoy Halloween. 

About two months ago I was digging through E's old costumes, hoping H would let me get rid of them. No luck on that part, but it was fun to revisit the costumes from the past two years. For kicks, we had E model them for us. Yes, we could squeeze him into his first costume that he wore as a 6 month old. In the process of trying a costume off, taking it off, and trying on the next one, E was ready for his final costume change -- a giraffe. Back up... We don't have a giraffe costume. Where did he get that from? Hmm...

Gentle giraffe. I bought one for O and E had taken a liking to it. He wanted to be a gentle giraffe! Whenever we asked what he wanted to be for Halloween this year, he always responded with a giraffe. This is his first year expressing an interest in choosing his costume. 

Although I knew he wanted to be a giraffe, I buy E's costumes at Costco every year. In previous years he was a dragon and a lion. This year I bought a blue monster and an elephant for him to choose from (limited pickings for boys these days). He said no to the two choices and responded back that he wanted to be a giraffe this year. Oh toddlers. Once they have an idea in their mind, you can't convince them otherwise. A giraffe it is! 

Halloween Parade

We checked out the Halloween Parade on Main Street to begin our Halloween celebration. It's a fun tradition that I grew up with as a child, and it's even better experiencing it with my own family. There were classic cars on display, high school and college bands marching down the street, dance groups dancing in unison, politicians on floats, and emergency vehicles for all to see. Some groups threw out candy to the crowds, which is a hit among the kids. After the parade ends, it's time for the kids to hit up the stores along Main Street for a little trick or treating fun. We didn't participate this time, but I think it might for fun for E next year.

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I present to you Little E, my little giraffe! As a 2.5 year old Halloween is pretty awesome and enjoyable. The year before we went trick-or-treating on our block, and this year we continued to do the same. It's always fun to see E's reaction to the door opening and taking a piece of candy from a huge bowl. Even though he can't eat most of the candy due to his food allergies, he still had a lot of fun. He was amazed that we could ring our neighbor's doorbell and that they came out with candy treats. :) After hitting up the houses down our street, E was ready to come back and check out his goodies.

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Even though most of his candy was not allergy friendly, we did find two items that he could eat -- pretzels and Swedish fish! The pretzels were a hit, and E had a great Halloween. I love seeing how he grows to appreciate these little holidays. Every year he enjoys them more and more.

Halloween

Since trick-or-treating on Halloween involves staying up past bedtime, we had to end the night early. I continued to give out candy, while E got ready for bed. Another year of Halloween fun down in the books. After writing this post, I'm even more excited for Halloween this year with both kids!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Milburn Orchards - Fall 2015

Our annual trip to Milburn continues! H took a day off of work to spend extra time with the kids, and we enjoyed an afternoon at the farm. This is E's 5th year and O's 2nd year at Milburn. Both kids had a blast. This year was less about pumpkins and more about the adventures like corn mazes and play structures. The weather was perfect, and we all had a great time.

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Surprisingly, both kids entertained us enough to take photos throughout the farm. It's a tradition that I love, and it's amazing to see how much they have grown through the years. O was great at posing for photos. It's like he was raised up in front of a camera or something... hehe.

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O is obsessed with anything cars and trucks these days, and he enjoyed the wooden play structures. He ran from one play area to the next without skipping a beat. O was especially excited over this bus cut out but was so disappointed to find out that it was just a cut out and not a real bus. He reluctantly "got behind the wheel" and attempted to open the door a few times.

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E really enjoyed the mazes this year. He went through the hay bale maze a few times and loved pointing out all the dead ends. O had fun leading the way through the corn maze, but he was probably a bit frustrated. He kept calling for E who had gone ahead with my sister. E was no where to be found, and it was a long walk for him. Overall it was still fun. We met up at the wooden tractor, and both kids bickered over who would be the driver.

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Doesn't O look really chunky? I swear he is only 5-10 percentile in weight. He has too many allergies to have the opportunity to eat to his heart's content. His face is just really round compared to Elliot. Hehe. It does make for funny pictures. 

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Another year down in the books. Milburn always gets us in the mood for extra pumpkin goodness at this time of the year. It means that Halloween is just around the corner. :)

Now onto the comparison photos from last year and this year! Enjoy!

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O at 11 months old (left) and 23 months old (right).

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E at 3.5 years old (left) and 4.5 years old (right).